Morpeth Town host Hyde United in the FA Cup First Qualifying Round in a clash of two NPL Premier Division sides at Craik Park (3pm).

Thursday, 22nd August 2019, 12:27 pm
Updated Wednesday, 4th September 2019, 10:12 am
Morpeth Town FC.

The Highwaymen sealed safe passage with a hard-fought 3-2 win over Brighouse Town on Tuesday night in an FA Cup Preliminary Round replay.

Morpeth’s chairman Ken Beattie has urged the town to come out in support of the team as the Highwaymen seek to make progress in the national competition.

“We need a big crowd on Saturday to cheer the lads on in what will be a tremendously tough encounter,” said Beattie.

“FA Cup ties are always special. We had over 500 for a wet Tuesday night, which was brilliant, but we’d love to top that on Saturday as Hyde will provide a stiff challenge.”

Morpeth Town 3

Brighouse Town 2

The Highwaymen emerged victorious when they came from behind to win their replay with Brighouse Town on Tuesday, a brace from Sean Taylor helping them on their way.

Jack Lazenby fired the visitors into the lead before that was cancelled out by Sean Taylor to make it 1-1 at half-time.. Kurt Harris put the away side back into the lead before Taylor levelled for a second time. The winner came from Ben Sayer with a brilliant free kick.

United of Manchester 4

Morpeth Town 2

Morpeth suffered defeat on Saturday as they lost a six goal thriller with FC United of Manchester. Braces from Tunde Olowabi and Paul Ennis sealed the points with Town scoring through Ben Harmison and a Joe Walton penalty.

Manchester took the lead after only five minutes through Olowabi, but Morpeth equalised when a Sean Taylor lob bounced back off the bar and Harmison netted the rebound.

Parity only lasted two minutes though with the hosts retaking the lead through Ennis with Olowabi adding a third before half-time.

Sean Reid was upended on the hour mark and Walton stepped up and converted his third spot kick in four league games. However, Manchester were then awarded a controversial penalty of their own which Ennis converted.